While anxiety is a common reaction to life’s stresses that can spur us to action, anxiety disorders take nervousness and fear to an excessive extreme. It’s the difference between experiencing butterflies in the stomach before giving a speech that subside after a deep breath and panicking to the point of being unable to speak. The good news is that wherever you fall on the anxiety spectrum, anxiety disorders are treatable.

The most common types of anxiety disorders include:

Of course it’s impossible never to experience fear or anxiety. And some fear can actually be a good and healthy thing. But when anxiety becomes unbearable, seek help in getting it under control. There are treatments and medications that help. With a proper diagnosis and treatment, you can improve your quality of life.